Thank you, Philanthropy By Design, for investing your time and talent to revitalize our old office space. It is completely transformed! The office is now warm, inviting, and provides a functional layout for staff, interns, volunteers, and clients to work and meet.

Colleen Devine, MS, OTR
OTTP-SF Director


"It's amazing that a space so comfortable and tranquil could also be designed (with) such efficiency. I can’t
believe this was all done (using) donated materials."

Amy Anderson, MA, OTR/L
Staff member



Occupational Therapy Training Program

San Francisco, CA



The Occupational Therapy Training Program (OTTP) is a program division of Special Service for Groups, a large United Way non-profit organization. OTTP provides occupational therapy and social service to over 800 at-risk youth annually in San Francisco who experience numerous barriers that hinder their success in academic and work environments.


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Project Highlight

This was my first project involving design students as the design team and based on its success there will be many more! The students brought an abundance of talent, skills, and enthusiasm to the job and worked effectively to solve the client’s design issues. The students loved the experience and OTTP loved the result – I think we’re onto something.
  - Jolene Enns
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IIDA student volunteers facilitated by PBD board member Jolene Enns, brought this project to life in a fun and productive design day with client Colleen Devine and the OTTP team. The reception, waiting and meeting area were to be redesigned. At the end of the session students presented three feasible solutions for OTTP. The client selected their favorite elements from each design for a final solution that suited them perfectly. PBD design volunteer, Serena Martin, came on board in the second phase of this project to plan and provide furniture for the clients' private offices. PBD coordinated donations of new carpet, base, and installation, new paint, furniture, discounted countertops and shelves, and great volunteers to pull it all together.


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Donation procurement

Volunteer Recruitment

Concept Sketches


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Jolene Enns, PBD board liaison to IIDA students

Serena Martin

Natalie Reilley
Divya Vijayanandakumar
Purvi Patel
Marianne Bauer
Joe Parisi
Fabiola Hernandez
Jennifer Habelito
Sergio Mondragion

Michelle van Kuijak

Yily Wu
Candace Chan
April Viola

Jacqueline Arroyo

Naz Saeed

Yana Ronin

Linda Schanfein


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Carpet, base and installation | Preston Holmes Inc. (Sandy Holmes)

Paint | Sherman Williams Paint (Brent Williams)

Tools | Home Depot

Furniture | PBD

Furniture | A Better Source Liquidators (Rebecca Radtke)

Installer | Garrett Westfall

Koroseal | Cork Material


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